SSS is defined as the impulsive pursuit of sexual arousal and stimulation.

A recent study at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) investigated whether viewing pornography at an early age contributed to SSS (Sexual Sensation Seeking) behavior.

Researchers wondered if because there were no sexual consequences shown in porn, if that would influence behavior in reality, and if early viewing of porn negatively influenced developing sexual identity.

Slightly over 1,000 Croatian adults ages 18-25 were asked at what age they were first exposed to porn, viewing frequency within the past year, and the level of importance they placed on pornography their lives.

Questions to assess sexually risky behaviors included those on condom usage, if individuals were sexually active before 15 years of age, the number of lifetime partners, and if they engaged in sex with relatively unknown partners.

Sixty-one percent of participants said they used online pornography and 21% of men and 7% of women said porn played an important role in their lives.

Analysis of answers showed no association between viewing frequency or importance placed on porn and an individual engaging in risky sex.

The study also found early exposure to porn was only weakly linked to sexual risk taking and may be influenced strongly by SSS.

It was suggested, however, that the degree of SSS could decrease as a person matures and that this difference might be measured by surveying younger groups.